Any person, who has been given a life limiting diagnosis, has an expected prognosis of six (6) months or less if the disease progresses at a typical rate of progression, and who has chosen not to continue aggressive curative treatment. Please note this does not mean the patient can only receive hospice services for six months. A physician can recertify hospice services beyond six months in sixty day increments. Patients who have used hospice in the past can use hospice again, and patients who are discharged from hospice services through stabilization of the disease may resume hospice at a later date as well. Hospice care can be provided to people facing a variety of life limiting illnesses including cancer, end stage heart disease, dementia, renal failure, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, lung disease, and other terminal diagnoses. Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity or religious preference and we provide services to persons of all ages from infant to elder. We accept all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
No. Patients who are facing a serious, progressive illness should feel free to discuss all care options, including hospice, with their doctor, family, friends, clergy, social worker or other health professional. Anyone can make the initial referral and, in most cases, the patient’s family or friends are the first to contact us. However, before admission to our program, Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. will need to contact the patient’s physician to verify medical eligibility for hospice care.
(For more information, see “Who is eligible for Hospice Services?” above)
If you or someone you know may be in need of hospice services, you may contact our office at 912-588-0080 and speak with the Director of Patient Services. We can contact the physician or you may contact the physician directly with your request. We are always willing to talk with patients, families, or caregivers to discuss services which may be available to you or someone you know. Our consultation is free of charge and we accept patients regardless of their ability to pay.
(For more information, see “Who Is Eligible for Hospice Services?” above)